Bird Photography – Vulture Cousins

There are two species of Vultures found here in Southeast Texas; the Turkey Vulture and it’s smaller but much more dangerous cousin, the Black Vulture. Turkey Vultures or buzzards as they are know in Texas are much larger with ugly, bare-skinned faces. Black Vultures are generally smaller but travel in large groups and unlike the Turkey Vulture, they will attack live prey including cattle. Its unusual to see both species in the same area at the same time, but that’s exactly how I captured these two images only minutes apart. There were literally hundreds of vultures roosting, soaring and hunting the day I took these shots.

Turkey Vulture Soaring

Turkey Vulture Soaring
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with a 1.4X extender at 420mm, f/6.7 for 1/750th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Black Vulture Hunting

Black Vulture Hunting
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D hand-held, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with a 1.4X extender at 420mm, f/5.6 for 1/750th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.